Peter Denies The Lord
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 10 March 2017
15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. 16 But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter. 17 Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man's disciples? He saith, I am not. 18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself. 19 The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine. 20 Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. 21 Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said. 22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so? 23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me? 24 Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest. 25 And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not. 26 One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him? 27 Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.
1 Peter 2:19-25
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
eter joined the crowd that took Jesus to Annas. He did not flee with the rest of the disciples, as Jesus wanted them to do (John 18:8). Had he gone his way, he would never have denied the Lord. Though the concern and courage that made him follow Christ appeared commendable, we cannot agree with his actions; for he walked straight into temptation. This is what Jesus had forewarned him (Matt. 26:33-34, 41).
We do not know who the other disciple who brought him into Annas’ courtyard was. Some think that the “other disciple” is John (cf. 20:2; 21:20, 24). Others think that it was Nicodemus or Joseph of Arimathea. Being prominent men of the Jewish community, any one of them could have been known to the priest (v. 16) that he may bring Peter in.
Peter should have followed the counsel of Jesus and gotten out of there in a hurry! It was now too late; for he came under much pressure to deny his Lord three times. First, Peter denied Christ before a servant girl. Peter remained there and went to warm himself by the fire, where other enemies of Christ gathered. Another servant girl asked the same question (Mk 14:69). The pronoun “they” in John 18:25 suggests that others in the circle around the fire took up the question. He again denied. The third question came from one of Malchus’ relatives! Again some of the bystanders joined in to ask the question (Matt 26:73; Mk 14:70). Peter, being surrounded by challengers, denied Christ the third time.
At that point, the cock began to crow (John 18:27) just as Jesus had predicted (Matt. 26:34). The crowing of the cock assured Peter that Jesus was totally in control of the situation. It affirmed Christ’s sovereignty. He could now hope that Christ would restore him as He predicted (Lk 22:32).
(Read Matthew 26:75.)
Lord, restore me from my backsliding, according to Your mercies.